Read a detailed history of the First Methodist Church of Bonham.

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​Founded in 1844 in the Republic of Texas by a circuit rider, the Rev. James H. Graham (1815-1884), this church met first in a log cabin, which it shared with Baptist and Presbyterian congregations.    Charter members included the families of Bailey Inglish (1797-1867), founder of the town of Bonham, and his brother-in-law, James P. Simpson.  The log cabin was replaced in 1872 by a frame church, which the Methodists shared on alternate Sundays with Cumberland Presbyterians until 1881.  A brick church building was erected in 1887 and rebuilt one year after it was destroyed by a fire in 1898.


The Women's Missionary Society, organized in 1887, enabled Lelia Roberts (1861-1950), a lifelong member of this congregation, to begin a mission school in Mexico.   Miss Roberts, along with her sister, Martha, operated the school for 44 years until it was taken over by the Mexican government in 1930.  A memorial fund, established by the church in 1950, continues the missionary efforts begun by Miss Roberts.


An education building was constructed in 1952-53 and the prresent sanctuary in 1960-61.  With a current (1975) membership of 841, this is one of the largest congregations in Fannin County.

First United Methodist Church of Bonham

Fannin County, Texas

Photo taken in 1912 from the Fannin County Museum of History

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